MIS Courses

Management Information Systems (MIS) students learn to design and build information systems that support business processes and use information technologies. They are trained in systems development technical areas and also learn management and interpersonal skills that together form the basis for success in the business world. The Academic Program is listed below, followed by OPIM course descriptions, and degree requirements for a major in MIS.

Academic Programs

OPIM 3211 - Systems Analysis and Design
OPIM 3220 - Business Software Development
OPIM 3221 - Business Database Systems
OPIM 3222 - Network Design and Applications

Two three-credit OPIM electives from the following list:

OPIM 3212 Advanced Information Technologies
OPIM 3223 Advanced Business Application Development
OPIM 3777 IT Security, Governance, and Audit
OPIM 3801 Project Management
OPIM 4895 Special Topics: (OPIM 4895 may be taken multiple times as long as Subtitle/topic coverage is different each time)

Six additional credits beyond the Common Body of Knowledge from Accounting, Finance, Health Systems, Marketing, Operations and Information Management, Real Estate and Urban Economics or Management, or from other subject areas approved by the Student's Academic Advisor.

OPIM Course Descriptions

3103. Business Information Systems
(203C,3103C) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: ACCT 2001. Open only to School of Business students; others with the consent of the Operations and Information Management Department Head; open to juniors or higher. Not open to students who have passed or are taking BADM 3760. Information needs of managers, the structure of the information systems required to fill these needs, systems development, business computing technology, and management applications within major business functional subsystems.

3104. Operations Management
(204) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Introduction to concepts, models, and information systems applicable to the planning, design, operation and control of systems which produce goods and services. Topics include process design, facility locations, aggregate planning, inventory control, and scheduling.

3211. Systems Analysis and Design
(211) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103, 3220, 3221, 3222; open to MIS majors only. System development methodologies for business information systems. Project management concepts, hardware and software technology, and organizational considerations are explored. Students participate in a system development project.

3220. Business Software Development
(220) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. The development of computer software for business information processing. Topics include flowcharting, pseudocode, programming with a business oriented computer language, file processing concepts, and on-line and batch processing.

3221. Business Database Systems
(221) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Introduces market-leading techniques for transaction processes as well as decision making and business intelligence that help to identify and manage key data from business processes. Provides the essential tools required for further data mining applications. Combines lecture, class discussion and hands-on computer work in a business-oriented environment.

3222. Network Design and Applications
(222) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Principles and applications of business telecommunications emphasized. Course covers important network systems as well as crucial techniques in building these systems. Students participate in network design and implementation project.

3212. Advanced Information Technologies
(212) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103, 3220, 3221, 3222; open to MIS majors only. Deepens knowledge of application development tools for the design of decision oriented information systems. Emphasis will be placed on emerging tools and techniques relevant for modern organizational information needs.

3223. Advanced Business Application Development
(223) Three credits. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103. Open to MIS majors only. Course designed to cover structured and object-oriented programming methodologies for developing business applications. Program design techniques and logic emphasized. Students participate in a business application design and implementation project.

3777. IT Security, Governance, and Audit
Topics covered include IS audit processes, IT Governance, Audit of Revenue and Expenditure Cycle Applications, Protection of information assets such as Accounting, Financial and Marketing information, Business continuity and disaster recovery, Legal aspects of computer security, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance and implications for business and IT, Computer forensics.

3801. Project Management
This course provides an introduction to the concepts necessary for both project managers and project team members to deliver successful projects on time, on budget and in scope. The phases and knowledge areas of project management, as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), are covered as well as the tools and techniques in each area for successful project management. An introduction to Microsoft Project software will also be covered.

4895. Special Topics
(298) Either semester. Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: OPIM 3103 and others as announced separately for each offering. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.Current topics include:

  • Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Management. The course will cover development of spreadsheet models for applications in various areas including finance/accounting, management, marketing, and operations. Examples include Cash-flow Analysis, Financial Portfolio Optimization, Budget Allocation, Resource Planning, Project Management, Pricing, Advertising, Inventory Management, Production Planning, etc. It covers general modeling tools such as Data Sensitivity Analysis, Goal Seek, Solver, Decision Tree, and Simulation. Students will learn how to use these tools to develop spreadsheet models for effective business analysis in an efficient process.
  • Web Development. The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the technical aspects of the state of the art web pages/mechanisms design and online database connectivity. Business implications and issues of increasing online applications will also be discussed. Hands-on topics will include (i) Developing dynamic web pages using HTML and VBScript/JavaScript; (ii) Server side programming using Active Server Pages (ASP.NET); and (iii) Emphasizing the concept of web security and cookies.
  • Data Mining and Business Intelligence. This course will cover data mining for business intelligence. Data mining refers to extracting or “mining” knowledge from large amounts of data. It consists of several techniques that aim at discovering rich and interesting patterns that can bring value to organizations. Examples of such patterns include fraud detection, consumer behavior, and credit approval. The course will cover the most important data mining techniques --- classification, clustering, association rule mining, visualization, prediction --- through a hands-on approach using SAS JMP and other specialized software, such as the open-source WEKA software.

Degree Requirements for MIS Major

All Business School students must complete OPIM 3103 and 3104. All students majoring in MIS must also complete OPIM 3211, 3220, 3221 and 3222. In addition, two more MIS electives are required (choose from OPIM 3212, 3223, 3777, 3801 and 4895).

Management Information Systems students must complete six elective credits in one of the following Applications Areas: MIS Internship, Accounting, Finance, Health Systems Management, Management, Marketing, Management and Engineering for Manufacturing, Operations and Information Management, Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies, Risk Management and Insurance; or from other subject areas approved by their faculty advisor and department head.

Many students who major in Management Information Systems take part in an internship, usually during the summer following their junior year. During the internship, the students work in various organizations and learn to develop information systems that aid business processes and work with various technologies. This experience provides them with real world knowledge of applications of information systems in business settings, and contributes to their development and growth in their chosen field. The credits from the internship may be used to fulfill the Applications Area requirement. For more details, please see Internships in MIS.